4 out of 5
A conversion of a classic arcade top down shooter
While preparing to review this game I had a flashback of me standing in this arcade/bar with a few pinball machines, with Pac Man
, with, maybe, Space Invaders
or some other similar game and with another classic, Moon Patrol
(or was that in this other arcade in my town, I can't say for sure!) Anyway, what this game reminded me of was the actual original, which was ad hoc looked at as the big boy arcade machine, as it was quite hard! What I mostly remember was the intense yellow tinge of the sand onto which the soldier moved, but I remember being quite scared of the game so I can't remember more of it. At any rate, this DOS version does away with that color scheme to push the magenta (oh, the magenta!) of the really limited EGA graphic style. But, it seems to me, if you can look past it, the game recreates that experience of shooting while cautiously scrolling the screen forward, hoping no stray bullet flies from nowhere towards you. Unfortunately, that is not the case here, as the game is much less speedy, and also it seems to be much sparse in the way it arranges the enemies. So yeah, it's a bit on the easy side and on the unimpressive side. But well, it was released in 87 and as far as I'm concerned, if I had access to it back then I wouldn't have been displeased. Maybe scared, but not displeased!